SAN DIEGO, CA — It's fun. It's fast. It's in the air. It's in color. It's software applications downloadable over the air. Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers in San Diego are the first mobile phone users in the nation to be able to download entertainment, gaming, information, communications, and productivity applications onto their phones over the air using QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for WirelessTM (BREWTM). Verizon Wireless expects to introduce BREW nationwide starting in May 2002.
Verizon Wireless Z-800
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"Unlike our competitors, we're not just talking about cool services, we're showing our customers we are the industry leader in wireless data products and services," said Greg Klimek, Southern California Region president, Verizon Wireless. "Waiting in line? Then, download the new EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf™ game. Out of town for business? Track and report your meals, hotels, rental car and other travel expenses with MobileExpense™. Like the rock band Queen? Set "Bohemian Rhapsody" as your phone's ring tone using Ringster. All of these applications and more are available by simply downloading software applications over the air, making it easy for our customers to select the applications they want on their phone."
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Depending on available pricing options, game-lovers may take advantage of a monthly subscription that includes unlimited plays. Once a subscription is purchased, the game can be played an unlimited number of times as long as the customer chooses to keep the subscription. Customers may cancel a subscription at any time.
Airtime charges apply during the selection and download process, which requires a digital Verizon Wireless signal and BREW-capable phone. Depending on the application size, this process may take seconds or a few minutes. Once downloaded, applications that do not require a wireless signal can be accessed at anytime, anywhere without incurring airtime charges. Purchased applications will appear on the customer's monthly Verizon Wireless service bill.
"Now Verizon Wireless customers can customize their handsets with applications that they really want to use," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, QUALCOMM Wireless & Internet Group. "Using the BREW platform, Verizon Wireless customers can now do what most consumers take for granted on their personal computers - shop for software applications to download, choose new applications as often as they like, and delete ones they no longer use."
BREW will initially be available on the Verizon Wireless Z-800 with full color display ($399.99 with a two-year service agreement), and the Kyocera 3035e ($149.99 with a two-year service agreement). Both phones are tri-mode, and include many attractive features, such as a micro-browser for wireless Internet and email access using Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web™, two-way text messaging and predictive text-input software for quick and simple text messaging using Verizon Wireless' Mobile MessengerSM, and more.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications and Internet services. The company has the largest nationwide wireless network and 29 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Reporters and editors can find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
MAGIC 8 BALL and DATE BALL are trademarks owned by Mattel, Inc.
QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. BREW is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated.
EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf is a registered trademark of Electronic Arts, Inc. All rights reserved, used with permission. JAMDAT and JAMDAT Mobile are trademarks of JAMDAT Mobile Inc. Used with permission.
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* Ring tones only may be downloaded using the Kyocera 3035e.